5 Surprising Causes of Memory Loss

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team


All of us have suffered from sudden lapses in both our short term and long term memory occasionally. But if you have the feeling that it is happening to you more than usual, you might have to start looking into it.

Here are a few common causes of forgetfulness.



1.Lack of sleep.


Losing sleep can lead to several ill-effects in your system. Becoming forgetful is one among them. Apart from this, losing sleep can also lead to mood swings and anxiety as well. These problems also make their contribution to memory problems.

2.Underactive thyroid.



When your thyroid levels start faltering, it can affect your memory as well. Thyroid problems also result in you having disturbed sleep and also suffer from depression. These two problems also intensify your forgetfulness. If you are worried about your thyroid levels getting, a simple blood test can clarify your suspicions.



Consuming alcohol can have an effect on your short term memory. This can continue even after the effects of alcohol have worn off. The effects might vary from one person to another. It is imperative that you do not go beyond the recommended number of drinks per day, which is two drinks for men and one drink for women.



Antidepressants, tranquilizers and even blood pressure medication can, at times have an effect on your memory. They can cause random spells of sedation and confusion. This can make it difficult for us to lose focus and distract our attention to anything new. It is imperative that you talk to your doctor and get the medication altered if you are facing such issues.

5.Stress and anxiety.


When something starts disturbing your ability to concentrate, take in information or learn new skills it can also lead to problems with your memory. Anxiety and stress are typical examples for such a situation. Too much anxiety or stress can block your ability to create new memories or recall old memories as well.


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